The 2009 Association of the United States Army Department of the Army Civilian Award was presented to Richard E. Turner, Executive Director, U.S. Army Test, Management and Diagnostic Equipment Activity (USATA), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, for his exemplary service to the U.S. Army and significant contributions to AUSA and the local community.
Mr. Turner has made significant contributions in support of the Army Goals and Values to foster and strengthen sustainable operations, installations, systems and communities. He is directly responsible for fostering collaboration with other services on metrology equipment support for overseas contingency operations. His work established the groundwork for a Joint Chemical Agent Detector System, and he reenergized the Deployable Dosimetry Lab, a capability that has enabled Homeland Security to deploy to otherwise restricted locations.
Mr. Turner applies focus and attention to the professional development of his workforce through recruiting, improving diversity, training, mentoring and enhancing morale. He is an active supporter of Army intern programs and the DA Fellows and AMC Fellows Programs, serving as a mentor and speaking at special events. He has also worked to build a bridge between the local university and the Department of the Army through the Students Working at the Army in Parallel (SWAP) program, which provides work opportunities, and possible permanent employment, to outstanding college students.
He has established a guiding principle of giving back to the community and encourages his employees to contribute time or other resources. He has led efforts to raise thousands of dollars to support causes such as Still Serving Veterans, Honor Flight, Operation Happy Feet, and the Haiti Hand-Washing Project. Under his guidance, USATA exceeded all annual goals for the Combined Federal Campaign and Army Emergency Relief. His dedication helped USATA win the 2008 AUSA Public Service Award for epitomizing the Army Value of Selfless Service.
It is with profound gratitude and appreciation that the Association of the United States Army presented this award to a distinguished Army Civilian Employee on the fifth day of October, two thousand nine.